A large part of Fredericton's charm is that it's both a cozy small town and a city competing on the (art) world stage. The capital of New Brunswick flanks both sides of the majestic St. John River and features tree-lined residential streets alongside historic buildings and technical infrastructure that rivals any other Canadian city.

You won't have to go far to find a cultural experience. Fredericton is home to countless historic sites, museums with world-class art, several great music venues and some world-renowned festivals. The city also boasts the highest number of working artisans per capita in Canada.

Don't worry about getting stuck inside, though. Fredericton has a variety of outdoor activities to keep you out in the fresh air. In fact, WestJet Magazine voted Fredericton number six on the list of most walkable cities in Canada. That distinction is no doubt supported by the network of over 88 kilometres of trails that run on both sides of the St. John and Nashwaak rivers. 25 trails, which connect to the Greater Trans Canada Trail System, wind through urban, suburban and wilderness environments and are open to walkers, runners and bikers. Fredericton's motto is "Fredericopolis silvae filia noblis," or "Fredericton, noble daughter of the forest," and it's no wonder.

Not interested in hitting the trails? Hit the slopes instead and go skiing at Crabbe Mountain, featuring the largest vertical descent in the Maritimes. Other winter options include skating at one of the city's outdoor rinks, while paddling on the St. John River will give you a unique view of the city in the summer. You could top off your day with a visit to Lighthouse on the Green, where you'll find a variety of homemade ice cream flavours waiting to tempt you.

If you're looking for a good photo op, wander by City Hall to say hi to the ornamental cherub on top of the fountain. Known as "Freddie the Little Nude Dude," he is older than the Statue of Liberty (having already passed his 130th birthday). Or visit Fredericton's Christ Church Cathedral, the home of "Little Ben," the working model for Big Ben.

From culinary experiences to one-of-a-kind retailers in the downtown area, Fredericton will keep you full and ready to go. No matter what your interests, Fredericton will undoubtedly deliver.

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The climate in Fredericton is generally moderate, though weather can range from mild to hot in summer, when the average temperature is 23C. Some winter days can be very cold, thought the average winter temperature is a mild -5C. Bring your snow boots if you take a winter trip, though. Average snowfall in February is 21cm.

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